Amateur astronomers have been coming to the Calhoun Park about twenty-five years to take advantage of the dark skies

Clay native Glen Ward looks at the universe

A frequent flyer to the park is Glen Ward or Frostburg, Maryland, whose family roots are at Lizemore, Clay County, a life-long astronomer.

"Perhaps the most exiting events have been tracking comets, and just looking at the wonderment of the universe," he said.

Glen Ward's photo of the Milky Way includes the Southern Crown,
below Sagittarius, taken at Calhoun County Park on May 12th, 2021

Comet NEOWise, from Calhoun County
Park, summer of 2020, by Glen Ward

Columbus man Tim Wilcox gives Calhoun Park a "ten"

Tim Wilcox of Columbus, Ohio has been coming to the park for over 20 years, saying "I give it a 10."

After years of work, actual funding for the $240,000 dark skies project was granted for its development by the Appalachian Regional Commission, and a short time later, the funding was strangely taken back.